The CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee presents: Black History Not Taught In School – understanding where Black people have come from and why we are where we are today.
A Zoom event with Rev. Rupert A. Hall, Jr., JD
December 8, 2020 at 6PM – FREE EVENT – REGISTER NOW!
The CWA Local 1033 Elections Committee announces the Certification of Candidates from the online petitions for the CWA Local 1033 Officers 2020 election.
Click here to view the 2020 Nomination Petition results for CWA LOCAL 1033 2020 ELECTION of OFFICERS
Sharon Goddett, Chair
Jeanette Heads, Co-Chair
Annual Health Benefits Plan Open Enrollment will be different this year as it has adjusted to COVID-19 times.
It will be all virtual with some differences in how to enroll in a different plan or add a dependent between state and local government workers. The open enrollment will start on October 1 (Thursday) and end October 31 and plan changes will be effective on 1/1/21.
Here’s a rundown:
State workers will able to enroll in a different plan or add a dependent through a new on-line application called Benefitsolver. There will be no paper forms to complete and process and state workers will not need to go through their Human Resource offices to make changes.
The Benefitsolver Open Enrollment Flyer explains how members can login and start their enrollment. The MyChoice Mobile App flyer explains how members can access health plan information whenever they need it.
We recommend that state workers stay with CWA Unity/NJ Direct (same plan different name) or the Omnia tiered network plan. The Horizon HMO is both more expensive and has a restricted network.
Omnia is significantly less expensive (25%) than CWA Unity/NJ Direct, has the same coverage of benefits, and provides a cash incentive to join but Omnia can entail significant out-of-pocket expenses if you go to a tier two provider. There is no out-of-network coverage for Omnia. Omnia can be an attractive option if the tier one providers meet your needs. Members considering Omnia should review the tier one providers.
The Benefitsolver app will be rolled out for Medicare retirees on March 1, 2021.
If you have questions regarding your benefits, please see your employer or call the NJDPB Office of Client Services at 609-292-7524. If you have trouble accessing the Benefitsolver website, please see your human resources representative.
Membership to Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Office Included in N.J. SHBP/SEHBP Benefits at no additional cost
The New Jersey State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) offer employees and their covered dependents the opportunity to join a Direct Primary Care doctor’s office at no additional cost. This is available as part of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and does not require any changes to your health insurance. Simply choose a Direct Primary Care doctor from Paladina Health or R-Health and get unlimited access to personalized care with no copays, when and where it’s convenient for you. Direct Primary Care doctors provide a full range of services including preventative, urgent, and sick care, health and wellness coaching, chronic disease management, and care coordination.
The Direct Primary Care program is available to employees and dependents covered under the following SHBP/SEHBP Plans:
Register now for the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting – October 14, 2020 held virtually via Zoom. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM.
All Members must pre-register to participate in this meeting. Registration deadline is 2:00 PM on October 14, 2020. Once your membership status has been manually verified, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join the meeting. Please do not delay, members who register after the deadline may not be admitted.
This meeting is for users with a Zoom account. New to Zoom? Sign up free.
Secretary’s Report: Review and Approval of the January 2020 General Membership Meeting Minutes;
Treasurer’s Report: Review and Approval of the Financial Reports; Review and Approval of the Local’s FY2021 Budget;
Presidents Report: Overview of Events; Swearing in new Shop Stewards
Oct. 14, 2020
The 2020 Election of Officers will be conducted by the Elections Committee pursuant to the CWA Constitution – Article XV, Local 1033 By-Laws Article 14, and the CWA Local 1033 Election Procedures. Members who have signed cards but are currently not working, who have paid dues a minimum of 3 months in the 12 months preceding any announced election, and who have not severed their connection with their employer, (except by means of retirement) shall be eligible to vote in said election, pursuant to CWA Local 1033 By-Laws, Section 3 E. – General Provisions, pg.14.
Offices include President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Bargaining Unit Vice President’s for the Administrative/Clerical, Professional, Primary and Higher Level Supervisory Units, and Area Representatives for Area 1– Treasury, Area 2 – Law & Public Safety and Public Defender, Area 3 – Education, Thomas Edison State College Library, Talking Book and Braille, and Department of Children & Families Office of Education and the Regional Day School, Area 4 – Department of State, Department of Human Services Division of Aging, and Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, Area 5 – Taxation, Area 6 – Motor Vehicle, Area 7 – Revenue and Pensions, Area 8 – Department of Banking and Insurance & Real Estate Commission, and Area 9 – New Jersey State Police within L&PS and NJ State Parole Board (not covered by other CWA Locals).
Only CWA Local 1033 active members in good standing who have been paying full dues consecutively for at least nine (9) months of the twelve (12) months prior to the date of an election announcement shall be eligible to hold an elective office, pursuant to the CWA Local 1033 By-Laws, Section 3 B. – General Provisions, pg.13. The twelve-month calendar effective date starts as of Sunday, September 1, 2019, to Monday, August 31, 2020. Each nominee must obtain the requested amount of signatures to be a candidate on the ballot. Duly nominated candidates running unopposed will be declared “elected” at the final certification of this election. Members wishing to run for office may pick up election materials and instructions starting September 8, 2020, thru Monday, September 14, 2020, 8:30 – 4:30 M-F. No weekend hours or after hours. Due to COVID-19 Nominations for candidates are being held electronically. We are using a secure online platform hosted by Election Buddy. Each qualifying member will be emailed a link to choose the nominees of their choice. Online petitions would be available on September 16, 2020, at 12 noon and must be submitted by October 16, 2020, by 12 noon. Please reach out to the Local to Update Your Email Addresses. Please call the Local at 609-394-7725 to arrange a time to pick up your packet.
Update 11/09/2020: Click here to view the 2020 Nomination Petition results for CWA LOCAL 1033 2020 ELECTION of OFFICERS
Ballots for the Election will be mailed on December 7, 2020. Ballots MUST BE RECEIVED (Not Postmarked) by 5pm on January 7, 2021. The ballot count will take place at YES Elections formally known as Election America, 155 Mineola Blvd, Mineola, NY 11501 on January 8, 2021. Members of the Election Committee will pick up ballots at the postal box in Mineola, N.Y. at 10 a.m. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR HOME ADDRESS
PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK
Updated 7/13/20 to include UI FAQ for State workers represented by CWA
The Job Security MOA was overwhelmingly ratified.
A Message to CWA Executive Branch State Workers From Your Bargaining Committee
Dear Sisters, Brothers, Union Family,
Last night, your State Worker Bargaining Team successfully completed negotiations on a very important No Layoff Agreement with the Murphy Administration.
This Agreement will protect our members job security during the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression. It includes a deferral of the upcoming July 2020 raise and a rescheduling of the April 2022 raise. It includes some furlough days, but most of which will be eligible for unemployment.
We will provide the details of this Agreement to our members within the coming days and you will have an opportunity to vote on this No Layoff Agreement this week.
We are proud of the agreement that we negotiated over the past several weeks. Deferring wage increases and having workers furloughed, even for a few days, is difficult. But in an environment such as this, we believe that we have accomplished something remarkable: Job protection for our members and their families. We hope that once you understand the details of this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that you will agree and vote yes.
You will soon receive detailed information. We will have a Townhall Call to go over the Agreement, and you will be emailed voting instructions as soon as they are completed.
John Rose, President Local 1031
Patrick Kavanagh, President Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President Local 1038
Carolyn Wade, President Local 1040
Hetty Rosenstein, NJ Area Director
Dennis Trainor, CWA District 1 Vice President